Wide Receiver Situation

Seven players have seen action at this position but there have been a lot of question marks surrounding the receivers lately. Read on to find out what's going on...

Darnell Jenkins has been the best Hurricane receiver so far this season. In addition to leading the team in receiving so far this season (15 catches for 250 yards but zero touchdowns), Jenkins was singled out by Randy Shannon for his contributions in the running game.

"Early on, he wasn't catching the ball," Shannon said. "All of a sudden that pass that DajLeon (Farr) scored on, did you see that hit Darnell had? He may not catch a ball here and there but he's eventually gonna do something (to help the offense)."

After Jenkins, who has played in all five games this season, the Hurricanes have struggled to find consistency from the others.

Sam Shields is probably the most talented of the bunch but he's been in the doghouse lately it seems.

"It was a practice thing," Shannon said. "I think any of them understands how I am and how this football team is. I'm not gonna accept for this football team not to compete and to just rely on athletic ability."

Shields missed the opener against Marshall because of a suspension and he sat out last week's game against Duke. In three games, Shields has just seven catches for 124 yards and he, too, is looking for his first touchdown gran.

"It's not just for Sam," Shannon said. "A couple weeks ago, (Dedrick) Epps didn't even dress. I can't keep getting on 'em. Taking away playing time is always a motivation. Just like in the NFL, fine a guy a couple hundred thousand dollars."

Shannon was asked what Shields needs to do in order to get back into the rotation at receiver.

"If (Shields) does a great job at practice this week, great," he said. "If not, he'll come off the bench and play spot duty."

Ryan Hill also sat for the Duke game and in four games, Hill has just four catches for 42 yards and one touchdown.

Stepping up in their absence last week was junior Kayne Farquharson, who caught six passes against Duke. For the season, Kayne has seven catches for 58 yards and one touchdown. He's only played in three games so far but his role will likely continue getting bigger. Shannon had high praise for the talented junior.

"He made a great catch," he said. "He ran the right routes, blocked right, and did everything we wanted him to do."

Having said that, Farquharson has plenty of competition that will keep him working hard.

"Kayne's gotta produce in practice," he said. "If he relies on what he did against Duke and Sam or Lance or Darnell steps up, (then he won't play as much). If he stays to do what he did then he'll start."

Lance Leggett is the team's second leading receiver after five games. He's played in all five and has just nine catches for 174 yards and one touchdown. The coaches are hoping he can become more consistent in fighting for balls as he continues competing for a job.

True freshman Leonard Hankerson has played in four games, catching three passes for 25 yards. Khalil Jones, who was one of the two opening day starters, has seen action in all five games this season but hasn't caught a single pass.

True freshman Jermaine McKenzie is not ready to play yet and his status is still up in the air as to when he'll become available.

Freshman Daniel Adderley looks like he will get redshirted this year.


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